The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: May 2013
Duration: 14 hours 23 minutes
The riveting story ofthe submarine force that helped win World War II by ravaging Japan's merchant fleetand destroying its economy
The War Below is a dramatic account of extraordinary heroism,ingenuity, and perseverance-and the vital role American submarines played inwinning the Pacific War. Focusing on the unique stories of the submarines Silversides, Drum,and Tang-and the men who skippered and crewed them-James Scotttakes readers beneath the waves to experience the thrill of a direct hit on amerchant ship and the terror of depth charge attacks. It's a story filled withincredible feats of courage, including an emergency appendectomy performed withspoons by an inexperienced medic and the desperate struggle of sailors toescape from a flooded submarine stuck on the bottom, as well as tragic momentssuch as American submarines sinking an unmarked enemy ship carrying some 1,800American POWs.
The casualty rate among submariners topped that of all militarybranches, a staggering six times higher than the surface navy. The war claimedalmost one out of every five boats. But Japan was so ravaged by the loss ofprecious fuel and supplies that by war's end, Japanese warships lay at anchorwhile hungry civilians ate sawdust. Scott paints an unforgettablepicture of the dangerous life submariners endured, including the atrociousprison camps where the Japanese beat, tortured, and starved captured Alliedtroops. Based on more than one hundred interviews with submarine veterans and areview of more than three thousand pages of previously unpublished letters, diaries,and personal writings, The War Below allowsreaders to experience the Pacific War as never before.